HomeNewsArticle Display

Major changes to make base recycling more efficient

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Recyclable items such as aluminum, plastic, glass, steel and tin are no longer accepted at the base recycling center or for residential pickup due to contractual changes. 

Under the terms of the new contract, which went into effect Sunday, only some paper products will be accepted for recycling. Products such as paper towels, napkins, tissue paper, candy wrappers, styrofoam and milk cartons are not acceptable. 

Additionally, the Auto Skills Center no longer accepts fuel filters, scrap metal and lead-acid batteries. Used oil and antifreeze will continue to be accepted for recycling, however the Base Exchange Service Station continues to accept used oil, antifreeze and lead-acid batteries from vehicles, but no longer accepts scrap metal. 

"These changes were made based on the amount of recyclables collected in the past, the cost for collection and the available recycling market to handle the disposal of materials," said David R. Tack, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron quality control specialist. "It allows us to concentrate on recycling materials there is a demand for and thereby improving our efficiency by not having to collect, transport and dispose of items that are difficult to dispose of in this part of the country." 

According to Tom Atkinson, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental flight chief, limited recycling is still available on base. 

"Residents will still be provided with a recycling container to dispose of their paper products," he said. "Any materials not fitting into the container can be placed into an additional paper bag or cardboard box." 

All squadrons and base facilities are mandated to have a recycling program as well. Only selected squadrons and base facilities have their recyclables picked up. 

Others must bring their recyclables to the base recycling center during business hours. The recycling center is located at 329 Peacekeeper Place and is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 

The recycling centers in the city of Minot accept materials from people wishing to take their items downtown. However, no glass items are allowed at the downtown outlets and only certain plastic products are accepted. 

Another avenue exists for Team Minot members wishing to recycle. Senior Master Sgt. Tracie Schwab, 5th Communications Squadron, is spearheading a pickup from the Humane Society Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high bay at the 5th CS headquarters building. This pickup allows base residents to recycle items they would otherwise throw away.

"It's always been a challenge to get people interested in recycling," said Mr. Tack. "We hope this makes it easier for people to participate and we encourage people to minimize the amount of paper materials tossed into the trash."
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

Contact Us

To reach the Minot Air Force Base Main Directory, call: Commercial (701) 723-7979 or DSN: 453-7979.   

To request Public Affairs support, please fill out an Air Force Form 833 and email to the Minot AFB Public Affairs workflow mailbox

Unfortunately, we are not accepting marquee requests since our marquee board is down for an undetermined amount of time. Thank you for understanding.

FacebookFacebook
InstagramInstagram
TwitterTwitter
FlickrFlickr
YouTubeYouTube